The Hornets finished a 5-game road trip with their fourth loss Saturday as they fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 115-86.
Dante Cunningham scored a season-high 18 points for the Timberwolves. He hit all nine of his shots to set a franchise record for most consecutive field goals without a miss.
Anthony Davis scored 18 points for the Hornets who played without Eric Gordon. Team doctors still haven't cleared Gordon to play in back-to-back games while recovering from knee surgery.
Gordon played 25 minutes at Denver on Friday, and the Hornets badly missed their star shooting guard's energy. A night after committing 22 turnovers, New Orleans turned it over 23 times against the Wolves, who recorded their largest victory margin this season.
New Orleans is 8-7 when Gordon plays and 7-26 in games he's missed. "It's tough when you have a guy who can put up 20 points and you've got to sit him," Hornets coached Monty Williams said before the game.
The Timberwolves led 33-14 after one, and their lead was never seriously threatened. The Hornets matched their season low of 14 first-quarter points, which previously came against the Wolves on Jan. 11. Minnesota outscored the Hornets 58-32 in the paint.
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